Franklin, Tennessee


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Franklin is a small, friendly town outside of Nashville full of Civil War history. The town, aptly named after the legendary Benjamin Franklin, was founded in 1799. Downtown, a statue named Chip representing the Confederate soldiers lost during the Battle of Franklin, is where the tight-knit community convenes.

The Main Street flows through small boutiques and eateries, a setting which provides a quaint, slow-paced feel. In addition to the historic town square and homes are Bowie Park and Nature Center, Iris City Gardens, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Cool Springs, Fort Granger, and Franklin Theatre. Downtown is also well known for its annual parades and festivals, notably the Main Street Festival in the springtime.

Franklin has a population of about 62,000 residents. The Cool Springs area boasts impressive dining, business (many Fortune 500 companies included), and shopping establishments. Franklin has been named “the number one small town in Tennessee.”

Franklin’s known for The Factory, a complex of 10 Depression-era buildings that once accommodated four factories and now house antique and art shops, event venues, and restaurants. The McNavigators raved about the food at Saffire and Puckett’s Grocery, where they vowed to make the nine-hour trek to return for more.

What a beautiful place to live and/or visit! I grew up here and will always love Franklin! If we were to move back to the Nashville area, we would definitely try to live in Franklinand raise our kiddos there! :)
Reviewed by kidnurse2424
on September 17, 2012
I love the gorgeous town square, the beautiful shops, friendly smiles, amazing cooking and family friendly fun offered. It's historic and upscale/trendy all at once.
Reviewed by lnelder
on September 17, 2012
I absolutely love Franklin and really couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Downtown Franklin is a dream from the shops to the historical places to the people. The reopening of the Franklin Theatre shows how much our town truly cares about history and the things that matter. It is one of the most beautiful places and not just because of how it looks but the people too.
Reviewed by kalexn
on September 17, 2012
Franklin, TN is Americana. We just re-opened the old time Franklin Theatre with Gone with the Wind a few weeks ago, we have the historic square in Downtown commemorating the Battle of Franklin, and Main Street might as well be Mayberry. Events like Wine Down Main Street, Dickens of a Christmas, and The Main Street Festival are almost too perfectly cute to stand. The walking traffic and window shopping far outnumber the cars. How about an artisan mall from an old factory? Yep. The Factory at Franklin. Amazing. Oh, and by the way, we have the newest most convenient area in the state on the other side of town. Cool Springs is the 21st century version along the interstate that includes everything from big box stores to Whole Foods to headquarters for some of the largest corporations in the world. From our sweet tea, to our songwriters, we’re an original; and we’re still working hard to keep this community uniquely Franklin. Visit legendary Puckett’s Grocery, come and sit at homegrown favorite Riff Burgers, or chill out on the porch at JJ’s Wine Bar. Come on; see what a stroll down 3rd Avenue at dusk can do for your soul :-)
Reviewed by KevinPellatiro
on September 17, 2012
I am so grateful to live in the most beautiful town in the Nation! It is an amazing place to hang out at and grab a cup of coffee. There is the most cutest shops and the best places to eat. I will also say that Franklin, TN is what it is because of the people who live and work hard in the community. From the Civil War sites to the adorable Main Street, it is a must for every one to experience!
Reviewed by Maday
on September 17, 2012
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